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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Teen accused of stealing ring from widower kept in custody

A 17-year-old boy accused of ransacking an elderly man's home has been remanded in custody. (stock photo)
A 17-year-old boy accused of ransacking an elderly man's home has been remanded in custody. (stock photo)

A 17-year-old boy accused of ransacking an elderly man's home has been remanded in custody.

An engagement ring belonging to the pensioner's late wife was allegedly stolen during a burglary in south Dublin. The widower is in his 80s.

The teen dodged custody on April 11 owing to a shortage of space at the Oberstown detention centre and failed to turn up to his next hearing at the Dublin Children's Court two days later.

He was arrested in Bray yesterday and taken back before the Children's Court in Dublin.

He was accompanied to the hearing by his mother and his barrister who said there was no application for bail.

The teenager was remanded in custody to appear again in a week for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

During the hearing on April 11, the seriousness of the allegation was cited by Detective Garda David Lestrange who objected to the boy getting out on bail.

He was accused of burgling the elderly man's home on the Stillorgan Road on April 6.

It was alleged that €1,300 cash was taken along with jewellery, including an engagement ring which belonged to the man's late wife.

Raiders

The widower was not at home at the time but arrived when the raiders were leaving.

The boy cannot be named because he is a minor.

The Co Wicklow teenager was released on bail on April 11 subject to conditions.

At a hearing on April 13, Det-Gda Lestrange told the court that officers went to the boy's home but his mother said she had not seen him since the previous day.

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